These photos were sent in by Eyal Bedrik of Entry Systems Ltd., after his recent trip to the US from Israel. The photos were taken at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. The home was built between 1902 and 1905, and is 35,000 square feet with 50 rooms!
There is sometimes confusion between a swing clear hinge and a wide throw hinge. A swing clear hinge swings the door out of the opening when it is at 90 degrees (you can see some examples here). The purpose of a swing clear hinge is to a) increase the clear opening width, or b) get the door out of the opening to avoid damage from carts, etc.
The hinges in these photos are wide throw hinges. They are used when more clearance is required behind the door when it is opened to 180 degrees. When I received the first 3 photos from Eyal, I asked if he had a photo illustrating the reason wide throw hinges were needed, and he sent the 4th photo to show “the rest of the story.” The decorative columns project far enough that additional clearance is needed. If wide throw hinges were not used, the doors would not open to 180 degrees. Keep in mind that wide throw hinges will reduce the clear opening width which is measured with the door at 90 degrees.
Thanks for the photos, Eyal! It was great to have lunch with you, Danny, and Jordan!